Sixth annual Dave Kirby Day Celebration slated for Oct. 5-6

The Sixth Annual Dave Kirby Day Celebration will be held in Llano and Brady on Oct. 5-6. The event is sponsored by the Heart of Texas Country Music Association and KNEL radio and will be highlighted with a country music opry in Llano on Friday night and a dance in Brady on Saturday night. The celebration honors BMI Award-winning song-writer and Brady native Dave Kirby. The Friday night concert will be held at the Lantex Theater in Llano as part of the Llano Country Opry. The show begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are $7 per person. Advance tickets are on sale at the Llano Chamber of Commerce, Llano National Bank, Schooley Saddlery in Mason or by calling (915) 247-5354. Entertainer Leona Williams will headline the concert. Williams gained fame through her Hickory and RCA recordings including “Once More,” “Yes Ma’am, He Found Me In A Honk-tonk,” and “Country Girl With Hot Pants On.” Williams would also write two million selling songs for Merle Haggard including, “You Take Me For Granted” and “Someday When Things Are Good.” Dave Kirby, Ron Williams, Frankie Miller, Frank Torres, Jimmy Eaves, Johnny Moore and Dianna Seymore will join the Llano Country Opry Band including Sammy Geistweidt, Justin Trevino, Kelsey Behrens, Don Ricketson and Melaine Reeves. Special guests will also be included. The celebration will then move to the Heart of Texas Civic Center in Brady on Saturday night. Texas legend Darrell McCall will headline the dance from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. The dance is BYOB and tickets are $10 per person. Call (915) 597-2119 for reservations. Barbecue plates will be available from 6-8 p.m. for $3. McCall had a string of hits including “Dreams of a Dreamer,” “It’s The Water,” “There’s Still A Lot Of Love in San Antone” and “Down The Road To Daddy’s Dreams.” McCall will be joined by Leona Williams, Dave Kirby, Justin Trevino, Ron Williams and other guests. Kirby was born in Brady and musically followed in the footsteps of his uncle, Big Bill Lister, a popular radio personality. He worked as a disk jockey in Albuquerque, and at the urging of Willie Nelson and Hank Cochran, moved to Nashville. His career as a Nashville staff musician began to flourish in the 1960s. He played guitar for Dolly Parton, Ray Price, Merle Haggard, Faron Young, Johnny Cash and virtually every other artist during that time period. His songwriting is probably his greatest legacy in the Country Music community. Kirby has received BMI awards for “Is Anybody Going to San Antone'” recorded by Charley Pride; “Memories To Burn,” recorded by Gene Watson, “There Ain’t No Good Chain Gang,” recorded by Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings; “What Have You Got Planned Tonight Dianna'” recorded by Merle Haggard and “April’s Fool,” recorded by Ray Price. Many other artists have recorded his compositions including George Jones, Norma Jean, Kitty Wells, Jeannie Seeley, Don Williams, Curtis Potter, Johnny Bush, Texas Tornadoes, Ed Bruce, Faron Young, Moe Bandy and George Strait. “I feel very honored that my hometown recognizes me each year,” Kirby said from his Branson, Missouri home. For more information, log onto or call (915) 597-1895.

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